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Collective Worship and Celebrations

In November, we remember

In our remembrance liturgy at the start of the month, we explored life, death and new life through the film 'Up'. We talked about the importance of treasuring life, our friends and our families and recognised that when those we love die, it can be a very sad and lonely time. However, there is part of us that should be pleased that our loved ones who have died not only live on in us but also are raised to new life in heaven.

The names of our loved ones and others we have lost that we want to pray for throughout the month are written on the balloons attached to Carl's house which is displayed in the main entrance.

October is the Month of the Rosary

Throughout October we are praying the Rosary each day in class. As we say the rosary together, the Holy Spirit unites us all as a family and speaks to each one of us in our heart. We can also spend time in the prayer area, reading about Mary and praying to her, or we can visit the new Rosary Garden outside. We have also created a large rosary made from roses in the main entrance.

Welcome Assembly

We formally welcomed the new Reception children into our school family. Our Y6 buddies introduced them to us and told us a little bit about each one of them. We are so pleased that the children and their families have chosen our school and we look forward to supporting our Sunflowers as they grow.

 

School Mass to mark the beginning of the year

Fr Pat celebrated Mass for us to celebrate the start of the new academic year. We prayed for every member of our St Anselm's school family and welcomed those who have joined us.

Whole School Assembly to mark the start of the academic year

We gathered together as a whole school in the hall for the first time this year - and for the first time since before the Pandemic - to recognise the start of the academic year and celebrate our uniqueness. 

We likened our school to the pebbles on the beach...each one of us was given our own pebble as a reminder of this.

Leavers' Mass 2021

Year 1 Rosary

Across the school, all children have been saying the Rosary daily as we are in the month of May. Each class made a pledge of how many times they will try to say the Rosary this month. The 'Faith Friends' have been leading the prayers in all the Junior classes.

In total we prayed 167 decades! That’s a lot of prayers! (1670 Hail Marys, 167 Our Fathers, 167 Glory Bes – 2004 prayers)

Here are the Y1 children saying their Rosary.

Stations of the Cross

As we are unable to lead the devotion of the Stations of the Cross in St Vincent's Church, the children have recorded the meditations and we have created a video to support families to journey with Jesus each week from the comfort of their homes. The video is accessible via all Google Classroom accounts and can also be accessed by clicking here.

 

Christmas Concerts 2020

This year, we were not able to hold live concerts because of the Coronavirus restrictions. But we did not let that us stop us. Our children in the infants retold the Nativity story through action and song while the junior children had composed and performed poems they had written describing the impact Covid-19 has had on our lives, linking it to the Christmas story.

 

 

Advent 2020

As part of our preparations for Jesus' birth, we traced Jesus' ancestors on a Jesse Tree. We heard their stories and reflected upon what they can teach us as we ready our hearts to welcome Jesus at Christmas.

Focusing on Kindness and Compassion 

This term, in our liturgies and PSHE learning, we are thinking about what it means to be kind and compassionate towards others. We have heard what the Bible teaches us about kindness and everyone has been making the effort to carry out acts of kindness - the infants have been trying to fill their kindness buckets and the juniors have created a kindness tree.

Judaism Week 2nd - 6th November 2020

This week children in Y1 - Y6 learned about various aspects of Judaism as part of their learning in RE. Each class was fortunate to have virtual workshops given by a member of the Jewish community to help us all understand what we had learned.

November is a month of remembrance

In a special liturgy, we took time to remember all those who have died. We compared our life and death to that of a butterfly. Our life on earth is similar to that of a caterpillar. When we die, just like when the caterpillar forms a chrysalis, we no longer live in that form. After our body has died, our soul lives on starting a beautiful new life in heaven. This can be likened to the transformation that takes place forming the butterfly.

Each butterfly in this display in our main entrance names the people we know who have died who we are praying for throughout this month of remembrance.

 

October is the month of the Holy Rosary

In our liturgy, we explored the rosary, what it is and how we pray it. Every morning, at the start of the day, we are saying a decade of the rosary in our classroom. 

We have made a large 'rosary' which is on display in the main entrance.

Mass for the Year ahead

Father Pat streamed mass for us to celebrate the start of the new academic year. Each class was able to watch and participate in this celebration from their classroom bubble.

The Wednesday Word 

Throughout this Coronavirus Lockdown, the Wednesday Word will be posted here to support children and families. Fr Pat streams Mass live every Sunday at 10am via the parish website or their Facebook page.

Lent Scripture Eggs

Our liturgies throughout Lent in this Year of the Word are focused on pieces of scripture from Matthew's account of the Easter Story.

In each liturgy, we look at an object linked to the scripture and discuss what the verse could be about. Then, we open an egg to reveal the scripture before reflecting on its meaning in the story and in our lives today.

Junior Carol Service 2019 - Where are you Christmas?

The children in KS2 reminded us that in today’s world, there is a real danger that the true meaning of Christmas will disintegrate.  When Christ is pushed out of Christmas, He is pushed out of our hearts, and we will not be able to know what joy is.

 

In their concert they asked the question, ‘Where are you Christmas?’

 

Through songs, carols and poems written by each class, they found that the true meaning of Christmas can be found in many symbols associated with the season.

 

Christmas is in the ringing of the Church bells, celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

Christmas is in the stars, reminding us how the Wise men were led to the place of Jesus’ birth, Bethlehem.

 

Christmas is in the flicker of a candle flame, helping us to remember that Jesus is the Light of the world.

 

Christmas is in the holly. The prickles represent the crown of thorns; the berries represent the blood that was spilled when Jesus died for us.

 

Christmas is in our hearts. It is a time of God showing His great love for us by sending his son to be our saviour. The children helped us to understand that this love is one that we can all share, not just at Christmas time but all of the time.

Infant Nativity 2019

The children in KS1 reminded us of the real meaning of Christmas in their performance of 'The Bossy Fairy'. They taught us that Christmas is not about ourselves and what we want; it is about Jesus' birth.

Advent - Preparing for Christmas 2019

Our liturgies throughout Advent are helping us to getting ourselves ready for the birth of Jesus.

Each week, we light a candle on the Advent wreath in our liturgies and Advent prayer stations around the school help us to reflect on our lives as we approach Christmas.

Remembrance 2019

At our special liturgy of Remembrance in November, we thought about all those we know who have died; our friends, families and loved ones. We watched excerpts of The Lion King to help us to understand that even though it is upsetting when someone dies, they will always live on in us.

We wrote the names of people we wanted to remember on hearts and displayed them in the Entrance Hall.

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